Randall Parker Foods: 20 new jobs at Powys abattoir

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A meat processing company is looking for people to fill 20 new job vacancies at its abattoir near Llanidloes.

Randall Parker Foods is seeking new recruits to train for a variety of posts, ranging from the slaughterline and butchers to quality assurance supervisor.

The Dolwen manufacturing facility – which processes up to 20,000 lambs a week – has a workforce of 120, with many starting out as apprentices.

“The more skills our staff learn, the more they earn,” explained Vicki Jones, Randall Parker Foods’ human resources manager. “We have always grown our own staff, as we want to invest in local people to give them a career for life and skills that are transferable across the world.

“We provide everything for new recruits, so all they have to do is turn up and learn with us. The career prospects are good as we provide plenty of opportunities for our staff to progress within the business.”

The 34-year-old joined the company in 2009 as a lairage labourer but has developed through the ranks having achieved a Foundation Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship in Meat and Poultry Industry Skills and a Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4) in Food Manufacturing Excellence.

“I began an apprenticeship because I wanted to progress within the business and earn more money,” said Huw, a father of three who lives in Llangurig. “I now manage the slaughter line and the cutting room, having also learnt butchery skills. I enjoyed doing the apprenticeships because it encouraged me to learn new skills which are transferable.

“There are financial benefits attached to apprenticeships for anyone who wants to progress and benchmark their skills at Randall Parker Foods. It’s hard work but very rewarding when you get to where you want to be.”

 

Powys County Times

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